Separate Classes and Lack of “Opportunities”

No equal opportunities: Sacred Heart Catholic School, Calgary

Interesting piece of news from Calgary, where a Catholic elementary school has decided to introduce separate classes for boys and girls.

Besides the fact that it all sounds so beautifully conservative, the article points out to a fact that will be shocking (if not outright offensive) to a lot of feminists out there: boys and girls are, well, different. They think differently, they react differently and they learn differently. In the words of the article’s author,

A classroom for Grade 5 and 6 boys features posters of planes and football games on the walls and books about adventure and trucks on the shelves. Girls’ classrooms have books about pets and relationships.

But there is also no reason to fear that this separation may become too harsh, making a harmonious interaction between the sexes more difficult. Boys and girls will be, in fact, be able to meet between classes and during some of the classes. Makes sense to me.

All fine then? Well, no, because amazingly there seem to be people to whom this kind of arrangement seems, in a way, oppressing and limiting of the possibility of growth of the children.

A critical woman – who runs a daycare not far from the school – observes that

Here at the daycare the girls and the boys have the exact same opportunities. So if a girl wishes to play dress up as a fireman for example, and a boy wants to dress up as a princess — they have that opportunity

Amazing. Besides pulling her own institution, the lady seriously thinks it an advantage that a boy may be allowed to dress as a princess and a girl as a firefighter. Common sense has gone down the drain, submerged by a perceived duty to be politically correct at all costs (in the best of cases) or to encourage sexual deviance (in the worst). Please notice the word used twice: opportunity. The opportunity to dress as a Princess.

Someone should explain to the lady (unless she is a man offered the opportunity to dress up as a woman; we are not told) that a boy not dressing up as a Princess is part of the very natural process by which this boy becomes, one day, a balanced man; that it is the duty of the school system to work according to the sexes’ different inclinations, not against them; that a young boy to whom it is lovingly explained that he is a boy and therefore not supposed to dress as a Princess is not being denied any opportunity, but rather given the opportunity of being properly guided and assisted in his natural process of growth.

There is no sense of self-irony in the words of the woman; it is not meant as a joke, or a parody. She really means it. One wonders what has the world come to.

I do hope this costs the lady at least a couple of clients. It might give her the opportunity to dress up as a sound thinking person.


Posted on September 3, 2010, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Whereas I am not a member of Opus Dei myself, this is one of the main parts of their education criteria that I admire. In their separate boy/girl Catholic schools boys are shown how to become real boys; girls are encouraged to be feminine. If the success shown in the well balanced, successful young adults their schools go on to produce, who in their vast majority keep the Faith, they must be doing something right!
    They teach the Catholic Faith in its entirety too. How many Catholic teaching orders can say that?

    • Kathleen,
      I can’t say how many Catholic schools can say that, but I can guarantee to you that this was the system the Italian state school system I grew up with used, though without the separate classes. It worked beautifully (and I am sure, still does).

      By contrast, in Germany an approach has been used (since the Sixties) that encouraged boys to be more “gentle” and girsl more “assertive”, the fruit of the typical feminist thinking by which boys and girls must be ruined in their youth. The result has been (unsurprising) an explosion of lesbianism and homosexuality. The German education system has therefore decided to revert to traditional role model, this was announced some five or six ago, now they must only get rid of the feminist teachers and then they’ll be on a good path to sanity…


  2. Beautifully put, Mundabor.

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